After knockout win at UFC Vegas 29, what’s next for Matt Brown?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 29, we saw Matt Brown (23-18) take on Dhiego Lima (15-9). It was an important fight for both men as each were looking to get back on the winning track inside the octagon.

For Matt Brown, the fight was massive and was going to say a lot about the rest of his career. At 40 years old and having lost two fights in a row, many were wondering if we were nearing the end for ‘The Immortal’ Matt Brown.

However, Brown wanted to use UFC Vegas 29 as an opportunity to shut everyone up and prove he’s still got fight left in the tank. In the second round of his fight with Dhiego Lima, Brown knocked Lima out cold with a huge right hand.

With one punch, Matt Brown completely turned the clock backwards and made a massive statement. The win was Brown’s 12 win by knockout in the UFC which tied him with Vitor Belfort and Derrick Lewis for the most in the history of the promotion.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 29?

It’s clear that Matt Brown isn’t going anywhere yet after UFC Vegas 29. That performance has him ready to go and at the post-fight press conference, Brown indicated that he’d be interested in a few rematches for his next fight.

Brown said, “Cowboy [Cerrone], Demian [Maia] and Robbie [Lawler]. Those are the ones. I’m not the guy who’s, ‘I want a rematch I want a rematch,’ I had my 15 minutes and I didn’t get it done. I thought I won the Robbie fight personally, but I didn’t get it done.”

Brown also indicated that he’s particularly interested in potentially fighting Demian Maia (28-11) next. Maia lost to Belal Muhammad a couple of weeks ago in what was the final fight of his UFC contract. However, Maia indicated that he would like one more UFC fight for his retirement fight.

On the possibility of that fight Brown said, “I’d love for it to be Demian’s retirement match, I know he’s looking for a retirement match. I would love that, and out of respect for him because he’s a true legend. Just like when I fought him the first time, he’s the worst match up for me in the division and I like that challenge. I think I’m more up for it now than I was before.”

UFC Vegas 29 Preview: Matt Brown – Dhiego Lima

Tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 29, one of the hard-core legends of the sport will make the walk once again. Matt “The Immortal” Brown (22-18) returns to the octagon as he takes on former Ultimate Fighter Runner-Up, Dhiego Lima (15-8).

At 40 years old, we are likely nearing the end of Matt Brown’s UFC career. It’s been a tremendous career for Matt Brown and he’s shared the octagon with some of the best in the business. The highlight stretch of his career came back in 2012/2013.

During that stretch of Brown’s career, he won seven consecutive fights including a win over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. That streak put him in a title eliminator against Robbie Lawler where he ultimately came up just short.

Since then, Brown has fought some of the best in the world. In his last fight, he lost a decision to former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit. Brown has lost two in a row leading into tomorrow night.

Dhiego Lima last fought back at UFC 258 when he lost to Belal Muhammad. That loss snapped the longest winning streak of his UFC career where he had won three in a row. Since joining the promotion, it’s been very up and down for Lima. Lima has put together an overall UFC record of 4-6.

UFC Vegas 29 Prediction

When it comes to this welterweight contest at UFC Vegas 29, it’s a tough fight for me to pick. If this fight was just a year or two ago, I would comfortably pick Matt Brown to win this fight. I love his forward pressure and his ability to mix in the grappling.

Dhiego Lima has really good kicks and very good striking technique. However, throughout his UFC career, we’ve seen him struggle when he’s being pressured. Matt Brown is not the type of guy you want to face when you struggle off your back foot.

That said, I’m not sure this is the same Matt Brown of a few years ago. If Matt Brown comes out looking sharp and aggressive, he’s going to win this fight. However, if he’s at all off, I see him getting touched up on the feet and losing a decision. Because of his pressuring style, I think it’s still close, but I have to favor Lima here.

Prediction: Dhiego Lima by Decision

UFC books Matt Brown – Dhiego Lima

The UFC is in the process of finalizing a fun welterweight matchup that will take place in June. MMA Fighting was the first to report last night that verbal agreements were in place for a welterweight matchup between Matt Brown (22-18) and Dhiego Lima (15-8).

The matchup will take place on June 19th. We just saw Dhiego Lima in the octagon a couple of weeks ago against Belal Muhammad. It was a massive fight for Lima as he was looking to break into the UFC‘s rankings at 170 pounds.

Lima had been riding a three-fight win streak heading into the contest with Muhammad. However, that winning streak came to a close a couple of weeks ago. Lima did have some solid moments on the feet during his contest with Muhammad at UFC 258.

However, Lima couldn’t get any distance the entire fight. Muhammad’s pressure was too much and Lima ultimately dropped a decision. Now, he will look to regroup and the UFC is giving him a recognizable name to potentially reestablish himself.

The UFC’s Immortal One

Matt Brown has had quite the journey with the UFC. Brown has now been with the promotion for almost thirteen years and he’s been in there with some of the best that the sport has to offer.

The best run of his career came between 2012 and 2014. Brown went 7-0 and one of those wins came against former title challenger, Stephen Thompson. That winning streak put him in a position to fight Robbie Lawler in a title eliminator.

The two had a fantastic matchup, however, Brown didn’t get his hand raised. Since that Lawler fight, Brown has just gone 3-6 in the UFC. He’s now lost two fights in a row, most recently to Carlos Condit back in January.

At 40 years old, the end of the line might be nearing for Matt Brown. This is a massive fight for his UFC future. If Matt Brown can’t win this matchup in June, he might be seeing the end of the road inside the octagon.

UFC Matchmaker: Li Jingliang – Belal Muhammad

This past weekend at UFC 258, Belal Muhammad (18-3) took on Dhiego Lima (15-8). Both men entered the contest on winning streaks, but Muhammad was the only fighter who made the walk with a ranking by his name.

Entering UFC 258, Muhammad was ranked 13th in the welterweight division. Going into this matchup, I figured Muhammad’s wrestling would just overwhelm Lima. However, that wasn’t the case.

Lima was incredibly impressive with his takedown defense and kept the fight standing for the majority of the fight. That said, Muhammad still completely controlled the fight on Saturday night.

Muhammad put a pace on Lima that just weathered the former Ultimate Fighter runner-up. Lima landed some good shots, but the fight was all Belal Muhammad. I came away incredibly impressed by the continued improvement of Belal Muhammad’s striking.

After the fight was over, Muhammad didn’t call out one of the elites of the division. Instead, he called out a fighter that makes perfect sense when you look at the UFC rankings. Muhammad called out The Leech, Li Jingliang (18-6).

Will the UFC make this matchup?

Last month, Jingliang took on the returning Santiago Ponzinibbio. Ponzinibbio at one point looked like he was going to be the next big threat in the UFC’s welterweight division. However, injuries and time away have slowed his progress.

While he was the big betting favorite, Ponzinibbio couldn’t deliver. Jingliang ended up knocking him out with a flush left hand and that win found Jingliang ranked 12th in the UFC’s welterweight rankings. One spot ahead of Belal Muhammad.

Muhammad made the callout on Saturday night because he said it’s the fight that makes sense. Despite the winning streak and being ranked, Muhammad hasn’t received a ranked opponent over his last few fights. That’s something that the UFC will aim to change in his next time out.

I believe that the proposed matchup between Muhammad and Jingliang makes all the sense in the world. Whoever would be victorious in that matchup would be primed for a matchup against someone in the UFC’s top ten.

UFC 258 Preview: Belal Muhammad – Dhiego Lima

One of the fights that’s flying under the radar at UFC 258 is the welterweight matchup between Belal Muhammad (17-3) and Dhiego Lima (15-7). Muhammad will make the walk tomorrow night ranked 13th in the UFC‘s welterweight rankings.

When this fight was originally booked, I have to say that I was a bit surprised. Sure, Dhiego Lima has won three in a row, but I figured Belal Muhammad would get a ranked opponent. However, that was not the case.

Muhammad is 8-2 in his last ten fights in the UFC after losing his debut. He’s got very good wrestling and he mixes that with some unorthodox but effective boxing. In his last three wins, Muhammad has shown off just how good he can be when he gets his hands on you.

He’s faced three good strikers in a row, but nobody had an answer for the wrestling of Muhammad. The only guys who have defeated Muhammad have been Geoff Neal, Vicente Luque, and Alan Jouban. All three have great striking and could defend the takedown.

The blueprint is there at UFC 258 for Dhiego Lima. The Ultimate Fighter runner-up comes into this contest on a three-fight win streak. However, this is the first action for Lima since late 2019.

Between injuries and a COVID cancellation, it’s been some time since we’ve seen Lima compete. Lima has very good power in his hands and his striking is very good. However, this fight is going to come down to his grappling defense.

UFC 258 Prediction

When sizing up this matchup at UFC 258, you have to look at the styles of these two welterweights. When you do that, it’s pretty easy to see what the game plan will be for both of these fighters.

For Dhiego Lima, he has to keep the fight standing. If he can keep this purely a striking match, he has a great chance to pickup the upset win tomorrow night. However, if he can’t keep Muhammad off of him, it’s going to be a long night.

Belal Muhammad needs to do the exact same thing he’s done in his last three UFC fights. Throw some unorthodox shots and chain those into takedown attempts. Work the clinch along the fence and get this fight to the ground.

In reality, I don’t see Lima having anything for Belal Muhammad. The only way I see Lima winning is by landing a big shot as Muhammad shoots in. If that doesn’t happen, expected Muhammad to impose his will and walk away with another unanimous decision.

Prediction: Belal Muhammad by Unanimous Decision